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Re: lymphedema surgery

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:00 am
by patoco
Hi Ann

Yes, I did read the article and have chatted with several doctors who have performed the procedure. There has been lots and lots of discussions about it - everywhere.

It is still considered experimental though and can only help a certain types of lymphedema. It has not been done long enough to really get good stats on its effectiveness and safety, hopefully as time goes there will be more attention paid to it.

BTW, which specific surgery are you referring too? The Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer or the Lymphaticovenous Anastomosis? Answeres are the same for both.


Re: lymphedema surgery

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:44 am
by patoco
Hey there

Why not just write to Dr. Graznow, himself? I would be very curious as to what his response would be.

Here are a couple more you might write:

David W. Chang, MD, FACS - Professor, Department of Surgery, Director of the Microsurgery Laboratory, University of
Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He holds joint appointments as clinical associate professor, Dept. of Surgery at Baylor
College of Medicine, and adjunct associate professor at the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Chang
specializes in complex microsurgical reconstructive surgery in cancer patients involving all areas of the body, his primary
research focuses in breast reconstruction and restoration of extremity defects such as lymphedema.

Joseph L. Feldman, MD, CLT-LANA - Dr. Joseph Feldman is Co-director of the American Lymphedema FFramework
Project. Dr. Feldman is one of the founding board members of the Lymphology Association of Lymphology (LANA) and is the
President of LANA. Dr. Feldman is a physiatrist certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He
is Medical Director of the NorthShore University Health System Lymphedema Treatment Center and Clinical Assistant
Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Feldman is a member
of the National Lymphedema Network Medical Advisory Committee and served as Program Director of the 9th NLN
International Conference in 2010. Dr. Feldman has treated lymphedema patients since the1960's. He attended a Leduc
Method Lymphedema Management course in 1996 and attended the first Foldi Clinic Complete Decongestive Therapy
Physician Course in Hinterzarten, Germany, in 1999. Dr. Feldman participates in lymphedema research projects and has
extensively lectured to professional and patient support groups. He was selected as a Chicago Super Doctor for 2012.

I found each of them are very personable and glad to be of help.